December 2013 Newsletter


The following resources have been developed or located for your use by the Statewide Instructional Resources Development Center team. Click on the lesson titles below for instant access! Please make sure to rate the lessons and add to your FAVORITES! Feel free to share this newsletter with your colleagues.


Dollars and Sense
Factors that Affect Housing Choices

Family and Community Services
Exploring Careers in Family and Community Services

Introduction to Cosmetology
Exploring Careers in Cosmetology

Restaurant Management
Customer Service – The Cornerstone of Restaurant Operations
Front of the House: Leadership and Teamwork

Financial Literacy Summit
For more information on the Financial Literacy Summit see

New Innovative Course
Advanced Culinary Arts, 1-2 credits
This new course will extend content and enhance skills introduced in Culinary Arts by infusing high-level, industry-driven content to prepare students for success in higher education, certifications, and/or immediate employment. This mid-level course will increase students’ depth of knowledge and experience in specific areas including baking, protein selection, advanced nutrition, and sustainability.
Please direct any question or requests for course requirements and course description to

Career and Technical Education (CTE) TEKS Review
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the State Board of Education’s TEKS review committees for career and technical education (CTE). To express your interest in serving on a CTE TEKS review committee, please submit a completed application and attach a current résumé. Please visit the TEA website at for an application and for more information. Applications are due no later than Friday, January 10, 2014. Nominations to the TEKS review committees are expected to be announced in spring 2014.

Applicants are particularly needed for the following Career Cluster areas:

Government and Public Administration
Hospitality and Tourism
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Proposed New Graduation Requirements
Text of Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapter B (PDF)

Summary: The proposed rule actions would repeal graduation requirements that are no longer needed and add new rules for the foundation high school graduation program, as required by House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013.

Public Comment Period: December 20, 2013 – January 2014 SBOE meeting.
Earliest Possible Date of Adoption: January 2014 SBOE meeting.
Proposed Effective Date: 20 days after filing as adopted with the Texas Register.

You may submit comments on proposed rules to


TIVA 2014 Midwinter Professional Development Conference
January 16 – 18, 2014
Austin, Texas
For more information see

2014 FCSTAT Midwinter Professional Development Conference
January 23 – 25, 2014
Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
For more information see

Career Clusters® Institute
The Career Clusters® Institute is currently accepting presentations for the 12th Annual Career Clusters® Institute: 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education.The conference will be held at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, Arizona, June 16-18, 2014.

They are looking for sessions that feature high-quality programs of study, with proven track records of success; offer strategies for successful collaboration, implementation and innovation at the classroom, district or system level; and/or provide opportunities for participants to engage in interactive and hands-on learning activities. Submission Deadline is January 31, 2014. For more information see:

Texas Career Education Winter Conference TCEC
February 4 – 6, 2014
Austin, Texas
For more information see

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